Peninsula Pulse – Nov. 20 – 25, 2015

In this issue

  • Pirates In the Harbour Share Booty with Charities

    With Jimmy Buffett playing in the background, Pirates in the Harbour held its annual “party with a purpose” event to distribute money it has raised to benefit various organizations throughout the community. “We want all of our money to stay in Door County,” said Diane Abts, president of Pirates in the Harbour. “We’re big proponents […]

  • EPA and USDA Launch Nutrient Recycling Challenge

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and dairy producers, and environmental and scientific experts to launch the Nutrient Recycling Challenge, a competition to develop affordable technologies that recycle nutrients from livestock waste. Every year, livestock producers manage more than one billion tons of manure, which contains valuable […]

  • Gary Blish’s Family Receives Lions Club Award in His Honor

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club presented the Ray Hempel Fellowship Award to Gisela Blish in honor of the late Lion Gary Blish who passed away in May. Gary was a most active member of the club. The award is a fitting tribute to recognize and celebrate Lion Blish’s accomplishment, dedication and support in Lionism. The […]

  • Steve Grutzmacher: Just Say ‘Pull’

    Note: The following column originally appeared in the pages of the Door Reminder in November 1998. I reprint it now, as we head into the holiday shopping season, to serve as a reminder of the perils that exist when one gets caught up in product fads/manias.   I once heard or read that someone tried […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Ann Tesnow

    Dorothy Ann Tesnow passed away November 16, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Donald W. Tesnow of Ellison Bay, Wis., and her devoted mother Grace Grasse of North Carolina. Dorothy was called home to her Lord and Saviour and free of suffering in the […]

  • First Class of Dogs Pass Therapy Dog Training Program

    This Fall, Door County Humane Society launched its new Therapy Dog Training Program. DCHS’s therapy dog program consists of a three-session class to prepare owners and their canine friends for the Therapy Dog Certification Test. Ron Maloney of Peninsula Dog Training donated his time to provide training for the class, and Carol Beck of Therapy […]

  • Obituary: Beatrice Landin

    Beatrice Bernice Landin, the Bea of Bea’s Ho-made Products, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2015 at Woodview Assisted Living in Sister Bay, Wis. She was born on July 4, 1928 to Jennie and Frank Logerquist in Sister Bay Wisconsin, the youngest of 7 siblings. She graduated from Gibraltar High School and on May 24, […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Nov. 20 – 25

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Nov. 24 @ Marinette, 7:15 pm  Girls Basketball Nov. 20 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Nov. 24 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball Nov. 24 vs. St. Mary Catholic, 7 pm  Girls Basketball Nov. 24 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm   SOUTHERN DOOR Boys Basketball Nov. 21 @ Green Bay East, […]

  • Sevastopol’s Skiba Earns Coach of the Year

      Sevastopol’s head football coach, Justin Skiba, earned the Coach of the Year award for the Great Eight North Conference. Another coach in the conference nominated Skiba and then he earned enough votes from the conference coaches to earn the title. “We’re a young team so I think we did catch a lot of other […]

  • Community Support Allows NWTC to Grow

    Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what kind of employees will you need to get there? This is the question Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) posed to community employers before asking taxpayers to support a $66.5 million referendum last April. According to Karen Smits, vice president of College Advancement at NWTC, “We […]

  • DOOR CANcer Named Recipient of Jacksonport Day Parade Benefit

    With five recommendations brought to the table, the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade Committee could not choose just one recipient of the funds collected at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The common strand through all the recommendations was cancer, and therefore DOOR CANcer, Inc. will be the fundraising recipient. DOOR CANcer, Inc. states, “Whenever there is […]

  • 2016 Miss Door County Contestants Announced

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Program has announced a field of six contestants for Miss Door County 2016 and six contestants for the title of Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen. The pageant will be held Feb. 6 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. This year marks the 20th annual Miss Door County Pageant. This year’s […]

  • Science Snippet: What Are Tartigrades?

      Tartigrades are tiny invertebrate animals that are so unusual they have been assigned to a special phylum with no other animals in it. “Tartigrade” literally means “slow walker.” These animals are about as large as the period at the end of this sentence, but under a microscope, they look like sausages with eight stubby […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Nov. 20, 2015

    STANDINGS As of Nov. 16, 2015 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 9-0 Bayshore Powerballers, 4-5 Bay Area Transplant, 3-3 Music Masters DJs, 2-4 YMCA, 0-6 B League, W-L Red Room, 9-0 Brick Lot, 6-3 Para Tran, 6-3 Hatco, 5-4 Renard’s Cheese, 5-4 Econo Double Baggers, 2-7 Peninsula Podiatry, 2-7 Whiskepedia, 2-7 RESULTS Nov. 16 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Agree with Fred Wittig

    This writing is in response to a letter submitted to the editor by Fred Wittig in the Nov. 6 edition of this paper. Thank you Mr. Wittig for putting into words, so succinctly, the facts regarding how we manage, or, more aptly, mismanage the disease of cancer in this United States. I am a healthy […]

  • Sevastopol Arts & Craft Fair to Benefit Music, Art & Theater Guild

    The Sevastopol Music, Art & Theater Guild will host the Sevastopol Arts & Craft Fair on Nov. 22, 9 am – 3 pm, at the Sevastopol School Elementary Gym. As well as handmade gifts, there will be homemade baked goods and lunch entrees for sale. Admission is free. For more information, contact [email protected] or 920.333.0418.

  • Obituary: Clarice Julian Cochart

    Clarice Julian Cochart, 92, of Brussels, passed away on November 14, 2015, at Bellin Hospital.  She was born March 24, 1923, to Henry and Lucy (Jeanquart) Rass in the town of Union.  On June 20, 1945, she married Harris W. Cochart at St. Mary of the Snow Church in Namur.  Clarice enjoyed quilting, sewing, and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Waterfront Misinformation

    With the Westside Redevelopment Hotel Project currently on hold because of a lawsuit filed in federal court by the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, I thought this might be an opportune time to clear the air regarding the matter. I have been struck by how much misinformation is out there in the community and […]

  • We Are HOPE Receives $10,000 Donation for Annual Fund Drive

    We Are HOPE, Inc. is pleased to announce a generous gift to support the We Are HOPE, Inc. Annual Fund Drive from Mrs. Jan Welborn in honor of her late husband and son, Andrew and Mathew Welborn. The Andrew and Mathew Memorial Fund is making a sizable donation in the amount of $10,000 to help […]

  • New Sevastopol Athletic Director Aims to Motivate

    By Justin Skiba The duties of an athletic director are often changing and unending, but Sevastopol School’s Jen Wiesner is up to the challenge. Wiesner now adds athletic director to her role at Sevastopol, which includes teaching first and eighth grade physical education as well as seventh and ninth grade health at the K-12 school. […]

  • Baileys Harbor Complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner to be Held at Town Hall

    Baileys Harbor’s fifth annual complimentary Thanksgiving dinner and fundraiser for Tasha Ustianowski is scheduled for Nov. 26, 3 – 6 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Ustianowski is battling a very aggressive type of cancer. As a single mother of her son Dex, grandson of the late Jim Tishler, she is suffering physically as […]

  • The Climate Corner: It’s Time to Develop a Clean Power Plan

    By Duane Kexel As President Obama noted in announcing the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan: “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their electric generation by 2030. […]

  • Richard Price Can Offer Tips during Open Enrollment Season

    It’s open enrollment season for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans, and Richard Price of Price Financial Group can offer some tips during the open enrollment season. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency responsible for Medicare, recommends that people in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review […]

  • Faith Murray Receives Donation from Billy Weiss American Legion

    Bill Becker, commander of Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Faith Murray, veteran of the U.S. Navy. Murray was a nurse during the Vietnam War and is the current secretary of the Liberty Grove Historical Society. The historical society is now fundraising for an Armed Forces Circle of […]

  • Join the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network Steering Committee

    The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN) is currently immersed in re-invigorating its steering committee to offer engaging Waters of the Ledge/Ledge Tours and other events for the upcoming months and into 2016. Founded in 1998, NERN has accomplished growing awareness of the value of our geological feature that connects our region of Wisconsin with Ontario, […]

  • Commentary: Knott’s Law

      By Carolyn Kane Frederick Knott (1916-2002) was a man of many accomplishments –among other things, he was an elite tennis player – but he is remembered for two hugely successful stage plays, Wait until Dark and Dial M for Murder. He should also be remembered for discovering Knott’s Law. Those who saw the Peninsula […]

  • Place Orders Now for Sunshine House Wreaths

    The holidays are approaching and the Sunshine House is preparing to sell their fresh balsam wreaths in three sizes – 26”, 36” and 48”. The wreaths are made in Wisconsin and decorated at Sunshine House with a red velvet bow, hand-painted pinecones and bright red berries. All proceeds from the wreath sale help to support […]

  • Obituary: Deborah J. Petry

    After years of courageously battling multiple health issues, Deborah Joan Petry, 64 of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Golden Living Center on November 13, 2015. She was born February 23, 1951 in Champaign, Illinois the daughter of Patricia Petry and the late Paul Petry. She graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1969. Debbie worked […]

  • Trailblazing Door County: Local Groups Look to Create New Trail Network

      Visitors and locals admire Door County for its natural beauty. The explosion of silent sports has become the extension of that beauty. Now, outdoor enthusiasts and groups such as the Door County Silent Sports Alliance (DCSSA) are looking to take that one step further. “When you look at Duluth, Hayward, Seely, all these places […]

  • “Jewelry Is Fun” Sale at Ministry Door County Medical Center

    Door County Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a “Jewelry Is Fun” event in the main lobby of the Ministry Door County Medical Center on Nov. 30, 10 am – 3:30 pm, and Dec. 1, 9 am – 2 pm. There will be Christmas gifts for family and friends such as jewelry, scarves, watches and wallets […]

  • Land Stewardship at Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    On Nov. 14, volunteers Sue Smith, head landscaper at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, and Amy Hults spent the afternoon planting native Wisconsin wild flower and prairie grass seed at Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS). Thousands of seeds were collected and donated to the sanctuary by Bob Hults from his prairie in the town of […]

  • Balloon Release Event Honors International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

    The Survivors of Suicide Door County are having a balloon release for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Nov. 21. This will be held at Sunset Park, 3 – 4 pm, by the pavilion. Survivors of Suicide invite family, friends and co-workers who have lost someone to suicide to participate as a way to […]

  • Obituary: Joseph Leo LeClair

    Joseph Leo LeClair, 97, lifelong resident of Jacksonport, died November 13, 2015, while in the comfort of his home with family at his side. He was born September 15, 1918, in Door County, the son of Englebert and Sophia (Propsom) LeClair. Joe attended grade school in Jacksonport and graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1936. He […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives Tech Grant

    The Mike & Marge McCoy Family Foundation, a fund with the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., has awarded a technology grant to Neighbor to Neighbor to support technology upgrades through the purchase of computer equipment, software, a tablet, digital camera, and cell phone. These technology upgrades will allow for streamlining of processes, full use of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rodgers for Governor

    In the aftermath of the horrific Paris terrorist attacks, was anyone as struck as I was by the following pair of quotes? Gov. Walker: “The State of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees.” Aaron Rodgers: (speaking about the “fan” at the Packers game who shouted a derogatory comment during the moment of silence for […]

  • Municipal News: Nov. 20 – 26

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committees meet at 4 pm on Nov. 24. The Parks & Recreation Committee meets at 4 pm on Nov. 25. County of Door: The Museum & Archives Committee meets at 8:30 am on Nov. 24. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on Nob. 24. Town […]

  • Cheers!: Bell’s Beer Series Celebrates The Planets

      As a big fan of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, I was excited to run across a bottle of Neptune the Mystic from Bell’s Brewery of Comstock, Michigan. Of all the strange but wonderful reasons for making a beer, this one makes me smile. Neptune is just one entry in “a seven-part series inspired by […]

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Named One of the Best Places to Eat Local Cheese

    TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine, one of the most trusted names in travel, has chosen Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor as one of the top 10 places to eat local cheese. Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese prides itself in offering the finest Wisconsin Artisan Cheese. The European-style cheese shop has been in operation for more than five […]

  • Dentistry by Design Expands to Algoma

    Algoma Gentle Dental Care located on Jefferson Street in Algoma is under new ownership. Dr. Paul Feit, owner and dentist at Dentistry by Design in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, recently purchased Algoma Gentle Dental Care from Dr. Tom DeNamur, who retired earlier this fall. Feit and his colleague Dr. Michael Pierquet will provide care […]

  • Sevastopol School Polls Voters on $34 Million Upgrade

    Sevastopol residents and school district staff should already have received information in their mailboxes or email inboxes about the school district’s conceptual plans for a $26.9 million school upgrade and a $6.9 million auditorium. The information includes details on the problems of making a 91-year-old main building and its many additions work for a 21st […]

  • Featured Pet: Kuka

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) would like you to meet Kuka. Kuka’s story is certainly one that is unique and makes her the dog she is today. This past spring Kuka and her five three-week-old puppies were surrendered to DCHS. Her former owner was a truck driver and knew that a trucking lifestyle was […]

  • Roy Lukes: White-tailed Deer in Wisconsin

    How eagerly my brothers and I, attending grade school in Kewaunee in the 1930s, looked forward to a Sunday afternoon in spring when my Dad would take us out to Lipsky’s Swamp to see the caged deer next to the tavern. It was an exciting event, even though they were enclosed in a large pen […]

  • End of an Era at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

      It started under a tree in Baileys Harbor on the Fourth of July in 1984. Because Sue and Joe Jarosh were too busy selling Sue’s calligraphy items at a craft fair to go to Bill Schaefer’s real estate office, he brought them the document making them the owners of the old Bagnall homestead in […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Grad Enjoying Naval Academy

    Ben Felhofer is a junior (Midshipman 2nd Class) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Ben is a 2012 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School. He recently spoke about his journey from Sturgeon Bay High to the Naval Academy. “I knew that I wanted to serve my country, and I was attracted to the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Native Leaves Artistic Mark on Lambeau Neighborhood

    Sturgeon Bay native Zane Statz knows how important exposure is in the art world. So when the opportunity arose for him to put his artistic mark on a neighborhood fence passed by 78,000 people on select Sundays in Green Bay, he jumped at the chance. His task? Design and paint a Green Bay Packers-themed mural […]

  • Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

    Hanging above a desk at the Door County Land Trust is a bumper sticker that reads “Great Minds Think A Hike.” In 1990, by presidential decree, November was declared Native American Heritage Month and taking a hike is a fitting way to note and appreciate an important, less visible and often forgotten chapter in Door […]

  • News Bulletin: Nov. 20 – 26

    WHAT HAPPENED Garret Cohn, chairman of the Democratic Party of Door County, announced endorsement of The Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and its lawsuit against the city. “Our government must serve the common good and there is no better definition of public good than the protection of the waterfront of Door County and Sturgeon […]

  • Budget Blooper: Jacksonport Approves Tax Increase But Forgets Budget

    After much discussion – mostly against the idea of raising the tax levy in Jacksonport – the town voted 49 to 37 at the Nov. 18 budget hearing to allow the town to raise the tax levy by $100,000 for the next three years. However, due to a procedural error, there was a vote to […]

  • Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront Fall Social Draws a Crowd

    A chilly November rain didn’t keep a large group from gathering for an evening of camaraderie, food and conversation at the recent Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Fall Social. Approximately 100 people filled the room at Benny D’z to hear updates on the group’s lawsuit against the City of Sturgeon Bay and to become […]

  • Search for Door County Fossils at Crossroads

    During the final week of October, students participating in the archaeological dig at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve found flakes, animal bones and pottery. They also found coral fossils which led some kids to dig with even more enthusiasm, hoping to find dinosaur bones. Kids participating in the No School Friday Family Program: […]

  • Trivia: Nov. 20, 2015

      This week’s question: Brett Favre will be the sixth Packer to have his number retired at Lambeau Field. Who are the other five? Answer: In next week’s issue.   Last week’s question: If it were up to Ben Franklin, what would America’s national bird be? Answer: The turkey. According to, in a letter […]

  • Art Night at The Ridges

    Mushroom ink, a little dirt and some berries! Welcome to Wine, Cheese & Crafty Things, a hands-on art night featuring creative guidance and the use of some surprising media. Join Ridges naturalist Shannon Pump on Nov. 28 at 3 pm and learn to create bold, beautiful treasures for keepsakes or gift giving while sampling some […]

  • Server of the Week: Abby Duebler

      If you’re in the mood for some pizza pie, You should make a point to go Where Abby Duebler works – Wild Tomato.   She’s a six-year veteran of the staff And a newbie to BierZot crew Teaching children’s yoga at the Y Is another thing she loves to do.   Outside of work, […]

  • Open House at Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s 22nd annual Holiday Open House will be held Thanksgiving weekend and will feature pottery by John Dietrich and Diane McNeil. There will be serving pieces, baking dishes, goblets, beer steins, and ceramic art. Joanne Kirkland’s porcelain pottery is also still available in the gallery. There will also be refreshments and demonstrations on […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Nov. 20, 2015

    Crop prices (Nov. 9) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price Basis Soybeans $7.89/bushel -0.66 Wheat (SRW) $4.36/bushel -0.60 New-Crop Wheat (SRW) $4.32/bushel -0.71 Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.23/bushel -0.35  Basis: The difference between the local cash price for a commodity and the Chicago cash price (where the Board of […]

  • Reps in the News: Nov. 20 – 26

    Governor Scott Walker Walker released the following statement on the federal Syrian resettlement program: “In light of these horrific and tragic attacks, our first priority must be to protect our citizens. Along with governors across the country, I have deep concerns about the Obama Administration’s plan to accept 10,000 or more Syrian refugees, especially given […]

  • Framed: Derek Laczniak & Kelsey Kohout

    She said “Yes!” Derek Laczniak, godson of Ephraim resident Ann Buth, proposed to his lady love, Kelsey Kohout, on the 18th green at Horseshoe Bay over Labor Day weekend 2015. The couple is from Madison. Submitted.

  • Classes Offered at Turtle Ridge This January

    Turtle Ridge is not just about leather handbags. Approaching their 30th year the offerings are being expanded into wearable art made in the studio and selected artisan-made clothing lines. The focus is on quality, timeless pieces that coordinate with Turtle Ridge’s handmade work. Luxury materials include alpaca, bamboo and cashmere made by women’s coops have […]

  • Eagle Bluff Memories: Lemburgs Reminisce about the Lighthouse

    Like so many people, Ruby and Wayne Lemburg were drawn to Door County by their love for the water and boating. They were also interested in lighthouses. “It was a big thing,” Wayne says. “You could hardly pick up a magazine without seeing a lighthouse story.” So, on their first trip to the peninsula, years […]

  • Jaroshes to Lead Historical Society Program “Amish Reflections”

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting featuring “Amish Reflections,” a presentation by Joe and Sue Jarosh on Nov. 23. The dinner meeting will be at 6 pm at Leathem Smith Lodge. Door County Historical Society Members Sue and Joe Jarosh have spent more than 25 years in close contact with […]

  • Forestville Passes $70,000 Levy Increase

    A request by the Town of Forestville to raise its tax levy by 53.1 percent – or $70,000 – passed without opposition at the town’s Nov. 17 budget hearing. Only three people showed up for the hearing. Town Clerk Ruth Kerscher went through the list of the town’s revenues and expenses line by line, and […]

  • Pete D’Amico, Favre Family Come Together for Thanksgiving Tailgate

    For Pete D'Amico and friends, Favre's jersey retirement ceremony will rekindle a connection spanning tragic and triumphant moments.

  • Manners Matter: Thanksgiving Dining Dilemma

    by Mary Pat Dear Mary Pat, My mother-in-law has passed over the reigns to me for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m feeling a lot of pressure to cook for 23 people. She always made it look easy, but I know it won’t be for me. My mom passed away when I was young and I was never […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “I didn’t know there were this many people under the age of 40 in Door County!” “I would like to come back […]

  • Reality TV Comes to the Rescue of Randy Halstead

    Reality TV recently came to the rescue when Jacksonport farmer Randy Halstead bought a skid steer from a Pennsylvania seller and needed a reasonable way to get it from there to his farm. “About a month ago I found one in Canada, but it had sold two days earlier. Usually they have a pretty good […]

  • Obituary: Helen Jeanette Buechner

    Helen Jeanette Buechner, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on November 12, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born on August 17, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to George and Susanna (Tansing) Walther Sr. On September 4, 1949, she married Jerome Buechner at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded […]

  • Construction Update: Nov. 20, 2014

    Hwy. 42, Sister Bay Schedule: July 2015 to June 2016 Length: 0.8 miles Cost: $5.8 million Location: Country Walk Drive to Scandia Road Description: This project involves the reconstruction of Hwys. 42 and 57 in Sister Bay. The work includes traffic and erosion control, signing, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, curb and gutter, sidewalks, […]

  • Functional and Beautiful Pottery at Plum Bottom

    Guest potter Royce Yoder’s work is now featured at Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery. Heading into cozier weather, curl up with a warm treat in this wonderful stoneware. A Pennsylvania potter with Door County roots, Yoder’s work is perfect for the impending soup and hot cider season ahead. His pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe, […]

  • An Irruption of Snowy Owls

    Observing a snowy owl in the wild can be a thrilling experience, and early reports statewide indicate birders and non-birders alike may be afforded more viewing opportunities this winter. As their name suggests, snowy owls are generally a northern species, nesting worldwide on the treeless tundra above the Arctic Circle. During a typical winter, some […]

  • Farmers, Vote by Dec. 7 for FSA County Committee

    Door County/Kewaunee County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tim Siehr announced that FSA will begin mailing ballots to eligible voters for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to the Door County FSA/Kewaunee County FSA office by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is […]

  • Obituary: Sherry L. Koehler

    Lifelong Door County resident Sherry L. Koehler passed away on Tuesday, November 10th from cancer. She was born February 2, 1958. Sherry will be deeply missed by mother Nancy Schroeder of Sturgeon Bay. Her father Norbert Schroeder Sr. of Arkansas. Her sisters, Deanna Schroeder Stich (Ed), Barbara Schroeder Okerstrum , Amy Schroeder (Dan P.), and […]

  • Maritime Museum Expands Hours of “Edmund Fitzgerald” Exhibit

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s commemorative exhibit to the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald has expanded hours. Due to public demand, the exhibit will be open weekends now through Dec. 18, a period when it was originally planned to be closed due to the Merry-Time Festival of Trees. The exhibit, located […]

  • Cozy and Comfortable Finds from Local Artists at Sourced

    Sturgeon Bay’s Sourced has a cornucopia of cozy and comforting fiber art and goods from local artists and artisans. Helen Bacon of Helen’s Botanicals has many new accessories – each is a unique and vibrant piece of wearable art. Her hats and scarves come in a wide variety of styles and materials: hand-crocheted, hand-felted bucket […]

  • Northern Sky Announces “Home for the Holidays” Show Dates

    Door County’s award-winning Northern Sky Theater has announced the line-up for its annual holiday concert show at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. Now in its ninth incarnation, “Home for the Holidays” will feature the first-ever combination of three talented performers: Doc Heide, Amy Chaffee, and Craig Konowalski. The all-new concert for 2015 will play for […]

  • “The Santaland Diaries” Returns to TAP Stage Dec. 10

    Dan Klarer returns to the Third Avenue Playhouse stage in The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 10 – 31. This outrageously funny one-man play (from National Public Radio’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris) is about the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City. This delightfully […]

  • The Bestseller List: Nov. 20, 2015

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Martian, by Andy Weir 2. A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James 3. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 4. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 5. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown 2. […]

  • Girls of Small Forest to Perform at Tin Plate

    Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson are the “Girls Of Small Forest” and will perform their original progressive folk rock on Nov. 27 at The Tin Plate in Valmy. Small Forest features innovative mother/daughter harmonies that carry poetic lyrics through a musical storytelling of life experiences inspired by living in Door County. The music starts at […]

  • Photo Poll: What’s Your Least Favorite Thanksgiving Food?

    We Asked Our Readers…  What is your least favorite food served at Thanksgiving dinner? “That marshmallow [crap]. Candied yams.” ~ Ben McMahon   “I think that cranberry sauce is a waste of time.” ~ Matt Stone “Cranberry sauce. Literally every other food is A-OK with me.” ~ Danny McMahon “It’s orange and it’s goopy – […]

  • StageKids Brings ‘The Santa Claus Chronicles’ to TAP

    StageKids Theatre will kick off the Christmas season Nov. 20 – 22 with its holiday production of Ho Ho Ho, The Santa Claus Chronicles at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. The play, starring 23 area youth ages 5 – 18 (and two adults), will answer the most pressing questions people have about the big […]

  • Christmas by the Bay Set For Nov. 20-22

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual Christmas by the Bay celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22 with a host of family friendly activities. The weekend begins with a tree lighting ceremony at the clock tower on Third Avenue from 6 – 8pm with live music by Josh Gregory, Hervy Hodges and Mike Raye. […]

  • Hardy’s Holiday Online Auction Opens Soon

    The Hardy Gallery is announcing their annual Holiday Online Auction, which will begin Nov. 22 at 12 pm. Vendors from all over Door County, as well as around Wisconsin, have generously donated an array of gifts to The Hardy Gallery for their Holiday Auction. The gift-giving season is upon us and this is the chance […]